Is it correct to use two past forms in one sentence. For example:

I got owned.


She got carried by her friend to her house.

"Got","owned" and ""carried" are past forms.

  • get is often used in these cases, in a slang way as said in the answer below. Your second sentence can be rephrased as she had herself carried by her friend to her house. This uses the structure have + object + past participle. – Alejandro Feb 26 '16 at 23:48
  • "Owned" is not here a past tense, but a "past participle". I put that in quotes because it does not necessarily have a past meaning - with parts of be or (informally) get it is passive, in whatever tense the preceding verb is. – Colin Fine Feb 27 '16 at 0:11

You are mistaking past forms with past participle forms, which are here used in a passive voice context.

Remember when you learned your irregular verbs ? Get/got/got, sink/sank/sunk, etc. The second column is the past form, while the third is the past participle form.

Past participles are used:

  • After an auxiliary, to form the present perfect or the past perfect.

    I have been to New York this summer.

  • After a stative verb to use the passive form.

    The car was repaired by Paul.

In your example, it is the latter.

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It is grammatically incorrect, but common slang. Especially "got owned".

The correct way to say the second would be:

She was carried by her friend to her house.

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  • It is in no wise grammatically incorrect. It is however informal. – Colin Fine Feb 27 '16 at 0:10
  • @ColinFine Good to know. I thought the use of get as a passive auxiliary was grammatically incorrect. – Alejandro Feb 27 '16 at 0:42

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